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October 9, 2020

The First Disciples

35 The following day, John was again standing with two of his disciples. 36 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” 37 When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.

38 Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.

They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him for the rest of the day.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. 41 Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”).

42 Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”). -John 1:35-42 NLT

When we read the Bible, the one thing you will notice is repetitions. There are so many reminders about different things. Here is one of them, misunderstandings. When you develop a relationship with your friends, it starts as misunderstandings. As the relationship continues to grow, you will begin to understand each other. The disciples began to learn Jesus more every day. Although it took three years for the disciples to understand Jesus fully, the relationship grew, and the disciples have a full understanding of Jesus. It comes with faith. Faith without works is dead; you got to put some work in your relationships.

The two disciples that were with John, they left him to follow Jesus. Reminder, John’s purpose is to point everybody to Jesus. So it is expected that the two disciples followed Jesus. Here is a vital part of following Jesus. We must be willing to follow him for his glory and not ours. You can’t follow someone and then expect them to abide by your expectations. It is no different following Jesus. You can’t follow him and then expect him to follow you. That is why Jesus asked them, “what do you want?” If you are not going to follow him faithfully, there is no point in following him. Examine your motives and try again once you understand.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, accepted what John said about the two disciples following Jesus. Andrew told Simon Peter that the Messiah is here. He went on to tell everyone he came across about the Messiah. He was happy to share that with anyone that listened. Let’s think about ourselves. How comfortable are you to share about Jesus? Are you hiding out on opportunities to share about Jesus? The faith you don’t have to share about Jesus, I encourage you to build confidence. You may get cussed out or dismissed. The point here is you did what you needed to do by being faithful and sharing about Jesus. Share these devotions if you have to build your confidence. Sharing these devotionals or the website is sharing about Jesus.

Father, thank you for today. I pray as we go into the weekend, we can use this time to focus on you. I pray we can use our time to understand you more. I pray for confidence to share about you. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen.